…There is an urgent need for the entire Christian community to recover an appreciation of the virtue of chastity. The integrating and liberating function of this virtue should be emphasized by a formation of the heart, which presents the Christian understanding of sexuality as a source of genuine freedom, happiness and the fulfilment of our fundamental and innate human vocation to love.
The four weeks of Advent are a test of how profoundly or superficially we understand the meaning of life. In these weeks, the Church reveals the deepest mysteries: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. Christ saves us from the banality of skimming life on the surface: eating, working, shopping, sleeping, waking up and doing it all over again. He created us for great glory, and that is why people become frustrated when they ignore these great mysteries.
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“Faced with today’s problems and disappointments, many people will try to escape from their responsibility. Escape in selfishness, escape in sexual pleasure, escape in drugs, escape in violence, escape in indifference and cynical attitudes. I propose to you the option of love, which is the opposite of escape.“
Love seeks to be definitive; it cannot be an arrangement “until further notice.”
“A lot of people do not consider the fact that there are three vocations [single life, married life, religious life] and that they are called to one of the three. Even within our own Church, Catholics think life is ‘you’re born, you go to school, you get a job, you get married, you have kids, you retire, you have a little fun, and you die.’ There’s no discernment to what God is actually calling them to be. That’s the true vocation crisis.”